Repairing a lawn patch

How to repair a lawn patch

As time wears on, so does your lawn – we show you how to sort lawn patches.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is not at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is at its best in June

Plant is at its best in July

Plant is at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

To do
To do

Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

Do To do in March

Do To do in April

Do To do in May

Do not To do in June

Do not To do in July

Do not To do in August

Do To do in September

Do To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

Bare patches can appear in your lawn after a thorough raking, where the grass is undernourished or where it’s been worn out.

These gaps should be reseeded or returfed to prevent moss and weeds colonising the soil and to allow your lawn to look its best all year round.

Related content: How to Grow a Lawn from Seed, Improve Your Lawn in 12 Weeks, Lawns in Small Gardens.

Discover how to repair a lawn patch in our step by step guide. 

You will need

  • Grass seed or turf
  • Rake
  • Spade
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Step 1

Sow the patch with an appropriate seed mix, sprinkling half the grass seeds in one direction and the rest in the other. Lightly rake over the seed and protect it against birds with netting.

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Step 2

Alternatively, cut out the bare patch of lawn, rake the soil and add topsoil if needed then patch the gap with new pieces of turf.

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A small sheet of polythene pegged over the area will encourage the grass seed to germinate.